Wednesday, May 3, 2017


This morning, Gossips reported that a vacant lot on the west side of North Second Street, leading down to a little stream, would be the site of this year's Riverkeeper Sweep in Hudson. This is where the Department of Public Works hauls the snow removed from our streets in the winter. It is also where cement trucks have for years illegally dumped leftover cement. 

An hour after publishing the post about the Riverkeeper Sweep, I received this photograph from a reader, taken this morning while walking her dog. It shows a cement truck dumping its leftover cement in the very spot that is the site of Saturday's cleanup.

When asked why he was cleaning his truck there, the driver claimed that he had been told that dumping there had been "officially permitted" by the Hudson Police Department. Since it seemed unlikely that dumping unused cement in a wetland would be permitted by the HPD, Gossips contacted Chief Ed Moore, whose response was quick and unequivocal: "Absolutely not. There is no 'application for dumping' on city property."


  1. When we reported cement dumping in South Bay several years back, DEC Officer Cox shared our frustration that, somehow, these offenders are rarely caught in the act.

    Many thanks to our quick-thinking neighbor for taking a photograph of today's truck, which is owned by F.H. Stickles.

    Is it possible the driver meant the City DPW, and not the HPD?

    Now we'll finally learn whether or not the City itself is party to this continuing crime.

  2. Bonded Concrete dumped the leftovers from my job in my land, where I wanted it. Fortunately, I ordered accurately nearly to the gallon. They MUST LEAVE THE JOB SITE EMPTY.

    Seems like Stickles needs to get a few calls.

  3. I took a walkabout at the site. Also looked around on the web and found that the concrete industry is regulated concerning this waste. Most companies have extensive equipment in place to safely handle this hazardous waste.

    More here:

    Mark Orton

  4. Judd,
    My admittedly brief reading of this topic suggests that under the EPA regulations burying the waste on site is not permitted because the toxic elements get into the soil.

    Mark Orton

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  6. Whether or not this is concern for local law enforcement, it is certainly a concern for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

    Because the City is possibly involved, let's give the HPD a break by letting the State do its own thing pursuant to NYS Code.